Don your cowboy hat and get ready for adventure Old West style - Dodge City beckons. In fact the city, made famous by the legendary Wyatt Earp and the television series "Gunsmoke," offers so many historically interesting and exciting attractions, it's hard to know where to begin. We have compiled some ideas to help you get started. At the Boot Hill Museum, Old West buffs can experience Dodge City in the 1870s, complete with a recreated saloon and an authentic cemetery. Other attractions offer opportunities to reenact famous gun fights and see wax replicas of notorious cowboys. Historic homes and a fort are also available to tour. No matter where you begin, Dodge City offers fun and excitement at every turn.
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4.5 based on 780 reviews
Explore the Old West at this museum dedicated to preserving the history of Dodge City, through exhibits, audiovisual programs and, in the summer, stagecoach rides and mock gunfights.
We enjoyed exploring this place with our two teenagers. Plenty to do for an hour or two, and lots of interesting history (if you read everything on every display, you could spend half a day or more here). The restaurants weren't open when we were there, but looks like they would be fun to experience if they were.
4 based on 114 reviews
Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, these wagon wheel rut formations dating from the nineteenth century can be clearly seen today.
This place is several miles outside of town, but it's a pleasnat walk once you find it. We saw a lot of walkingsticks, so if your kids are into bug spotting, this is a great place to stop. Nice views, but the tracks are hard to spot, as other reviewers have already stated.
3.5 based on 241 reviews
Boot Hill Casino & Resort features over 700 electronic gaming machines, 18 table games, 5 live poker tables, a 150-seat casual dining restaurant known as Firesides at Boot Hill, Wild Bill’s Beer Bar for a variety of specialty, imported and domestic beers, Cowboy Cafe for a light fare on-the-go, and also offers retail logo’ed items.
We were in Dodge City visiting family over the holiday, and decided to go visit the Boothill Casino. The place was so full of smoke, like the exhaust fans were not working. Everyone around me was complaining of how the slot machines were swallowing their $20 in just a few minutes. This is true, I lost mine in less then 4 minutes. This place needs to be checked out by the Kansas Lottery. No I am not a sore looser, I expected to loose my $20 because this is just entertainment. But I did want to enjoy it for a little while.
4.5 based on 33 reviews
Visitors can tour this three-story limestone house, built in 1881, to view period furniture and clothing.
The home is incredible and the guide's passion for the place is evident.
The kids were fascinated with the accruements of everyday life - chamberpots (!), the kitchen utensils, etc. The bannister is some fantastic woodwork.
The tour is free and there's an opportunity to provide a donation for the building's upkeep at the end (they don't pressure about it).
4 based on 74 reviews
Visitors can view a large cattle operation in action.
The directions at this link are incorrect. After finding it with the help of a previous reviewer, I wish I hadn't. It is so sad.
4 based on 33 reviews
Unique museum dedicated to the teaching profession featuring books, desks and other items from early classrooms.
We went to see the wax museum and found out these were in the same building. The wax museum had some good statues in it and the history on each of the displays but when we got thru looking at the was figures the ladies working the counter met us and gave us a tour of the teachers history and showed us a lot of the books and supplies used in early day school rooms. These ladies are retired teachers and very full of knowledge and very interesting to talk with. They are all very passionate about with the work they do and share their knowledge of personal experiences. It $8 per person to get in.
4 based on 38 reviews
Small zoo that features more than 45 mammals and birds on display.
Taking the hot day into perspective Zoo was nice small and for the tight budget Free. Buffalo calf was running around, most others like the bear cougar and bobcat were resting inside out of the heat. Pleasant way to relax and enjoy a travel break.
4 based on 24 reviews
With the inscription "On the ashes of my campfire this city is built," this monument pays tribute to the cowboy era and cattle drive.
While it is indeed "just a statue" what it represents is noteworthy. It evokes dusty memories of long ago and a time when genuine cowboys, underpaid lawmen and a bunch of just plain bad hombres roamed the west and spent time in Dodge City. Well worth a visit.
4 based on 61 reviews
We did and followed it to see the medallions with the names, in some cases hand prints, of some famous western actors. There are just a few statues and the store fronts aren't very fitting into the western theme. The area had some men just hanging out which was a bit uncomfortable when walking through the area. Overall it wasn't impressive.
4 based on 26 reviews
Designed by Jasper D'Ambrosi, this bronze monument commemorates the Texas cattle drives during the 19th century.
El Capitan created by Jasper D’Ambrosi is a life size statue of a ‘Long Horn Steer’ commemorating the 1875-1885 Texas cattle drives. Situated in Downtown ‘historic’ dodge he’s easy to find and you can get quite a frighteningly real sensation of what a truly large beast they were and why they were used to lead the cattle.
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